News for Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Murray State rallies to capture 9th Ohio Valley title

Murray State posted a final-round, 22-over 915 to notch a come-from-behind victory at the Ohio Valley Conference Championship Wednesday in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

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Denver comes from behind to win Summit League

In its first year in the Summit League, Denver came from behind to win the title over tournament favorite IUPUI.

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Denver rolls to Summit League Championship title

Denver won its 11th straight conference title by capturing the Summit League Championship Wednesday in Keller, Texas.

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Player speaks of humility, gratitude at Sage Valley

During a week when junior golfers are made to feel like princes, Gary Player delivered a message of humility and gratitude Tuesday night at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley.

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SHSU, Cabra sweep Southland titles

Although the team shot 8-over 296 in the final round, Sam Houston state won the Southland Conference title by six shots on Wednesday.

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Tulane defends title in final C-USA Championship

Tulane won its final Conference USA women's title Wednesday, notching a successful title defense with a 10-shot victory over Texas-San Antonio at the Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club in Gulf Shores, Ala.

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Georgia State claims Sun Belt Conference

Georgia State won its third straight tournament to claim the Sun Belt Conference Championship in Saucier, Miss.

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Rude: Fox's Buck says fans will be 'blown away'

Joe Buck says people will “totally be blown away” by Fox Sports' golf coverage as Greg Norman, Buck’s sidekick in the tower, gives the impression he will be provocative and a coordinating producer touts the network's tech thinking.

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Liberty wins Big South Championship

Liberty won the 2014 Big South Championship with a 3-over 867 total over Charleston Southern.

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Nike Covert 2.0 Matte Black Edition driver

Nike's new VR_S Covert 2.0 Matte Black Edition driver will cost $299 and be available only in right-handed versions when it arrives in stores May 15.

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Expert picks: Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Keegan Bradley, Patrick Reed and Andrew Loupe are earning multiple mentions among our experts' favorites for the 2014 Zurich Classic of New Orleans on PGA Tour -- read more picks here!

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Swinging Skirts LPGA: Tee times, Round 2

Michelle Wie will play alongside Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis in the first two rounds of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic -- check out complete first- and second-round tee times right here.

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Staff predictions for 2014 Junior Invitational

The fourth annual Junior Invitational at Sage Valley begins on Thursday, and Golfweek staffers made predictions for the 2014 tournament.

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Beginner's luck? Rookies have success at Sage

In three years of the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club, only rookies have come away victorious. Could this be the year a returnee breaks through in South Carolina?

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Toy Box Extra e-magazine: April 23, 2014

In this week's Toy Box Extra, we take a deeper look at colored balls from the likes of Volvik, Titleist and Bridgestone Golf.

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Notes: Players' playoff; golf's 'adult spring break'

Two players who have lost the Players Championship in playoffs have mixed feelings about its new format; a PGA Tour player says the tournament after the Masters feels like 'adult spring break;' plus more news and notes.

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Horsfield, Garcia remain committed to Florida

Buddy Alexander's announcement Tuesday that he would retire as Florida men's head coach at the end of the season surprised much of the college golf world, including the four commits from the Gators' 2015 recruiting class.

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Expect familiar Royal Liverpool for Open

Hoylake's Royal Liverpool has a few changes in store for playing host to the 2014 Open Championship -- where Tiger Woods won the last edition played there.

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Kuchar, Donald find top 10 often

Matt Kuchar's RBC Heritage win was his eighth top 10 of the season and 45th since 2010 -- outpacing Luke Donald, who has 37 in that span on PGA Tour, and Dustin Johnson, who has 33.

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Some numbers say don't 'Bubba-proof' Augusta

If it sounds a bit extreme to suggest that alterations need to be made to Augusta National to combat Bubba Watson after he won his second Masters, plenty of numbers suggest such measures might be an overreaction.

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Sage Valley 2014: Tee times, Round 1

Many of the top junior players from around the world are set to being play on Thursday for the fourth annual Junior Invitational at Sage Valley. See complete tee times.

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After 21 years, will Watson's Ryder Cup thinking change?

As 1993 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, Tom Watson chose two players low on points but high on past victories. As the 2014 roster takes shape, it remains to be seen what Watson's priority will be.

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Player diary: Alabama's Emma Talley (Part 9)

Alabama's Emma Talley talks about her play at the LPGA's first major of the year -- the Kraft Nabisco Championship -- as well as Curtis Cup practice and the Crimson Tide's outlook for NCAA regionals.